I get it. You're strong and independent. These are two very good traits. But there are some things in life we leave for the experts. You're not going to remove your own gallbladder, are you? Of course not. You might say, it’s ridiculous to compare a medical operation to sealing your home from wildlife, but it is important to realize that wildlife can present a danger and a threat to your home and your family, and proper exclusion requires education, training and equipment. Improper wildlife measures can lead to some very unpleasant results. Hopefully this article will help you avoid these.
What you can do.
Wildlife are looking for three things: food, water, and shelter. If they can find any of these on your property, they will be motivated to stay. Here are some of the things you can do to deter this.
Keep all trash in sealed containers.
Make sure trash cans are in a place where they can't be knocked over, and that lids are on tight. Sometimes a Bungee cord is needed to keep larger animals out.
Don't leave food outside.
Keep your yard free of clutter. Animals feel safer in a cluttered yard, and they nest and hide in these objects.
Seal your walls from entry. If you're a handyman or handywoman, get on out there and seal up rotted holes, repair damaged eaves, seal skirting around the chimney, repair screens and cracked windows, and put a wire barrier up to keep animals from going under your deck.
Make sure the vent from your dryer doesn't blow out under your deck, porch, patio, or stairwell where animals will seek to harbor.
What you need to watch out for.
If you have an animal living on or in your property, be aware that wildlife can be unpredictable, especially if the animal is infected with rabies, protecting young, scared, or trapped. Make sure all animals are outside of your home if your are patching a hole they have been entering in through. Trapped animals can become violent. And a mother can be a problem if you seal her babies in a place she can no longer get to.
Sometimes you just need help.
If you have an animal living in or around your home, seek professional assistance. A professional can safely remove wildlife, clean infected areas where feces have been left, seal entry points for you, and guide you in exclusion methods specific to the wildlife you have encountered. Partnering with a pest management company is always the best way to ensure that your home and family are safe from current infestation issues, and also future wildlife problems.